Neil Osterweil



Genentech Restricts Sales of Less Costly Agent for Macular Degeneration Treatment

October 12, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO -- Retinal specialists who use Genentech's bevacizumab (Avastin) off-label, instead of ranibizumab (Lucentis), to treat macular degeneration will soon find that their sources for the drug have dried up.

Arthritis Slows Down Gainful Employment

October 11, 2007

ATLANTA -- On the eve of World Arthritis Day 2007, the CDC has released a snapshot, taken in 2003, of the burden of arthritis in the working world.

AHRP: Women Find Menstrual Suppression Attractive Idea but Question Safety

October 05, 2007

MINNEAPOLIS -- Patients seem more skeptical than their doctors do on the safety of menstrual suppression with continuous-use oral contraceptives, but the women like the idea, survey results suggested

FDA Denies Plan in Works to Restrain Cough and Cold Medicines

October 03, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The FDA has clarified reports by some major media suggesting that the agency has plans for new regulations on over-the-counter cough and cold medications for children.

EASD: Inhaled Insulin Breathes New Life into Therapy for Diabetes

September 18, 2007

AMSTERDAM -- Inhaled insulin can't entirely replace injections, but it might help patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes get better control of their glucose levels, said diabetologists here.

Willebrand's Disease or an Inherited Clotting Factor

August 31, 2007

PRESTON, England -- From Addision's disease to Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, medical eponyms remain ubiquitous in the literature in favor of more scientific descriptions of disease. Now comes a proposal to do away with Down's and its ilk.

State by State, Americans Are Growing Fatter

August 28, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Mississippi has exceeded the 30% obesity rate, the first time any state's population has done so, reported a health advocacy group. But 19 other states with large obese populations are not far behind.

Veggie Booty Snacks Recalled for Possible Salmonella Contamination

June 29, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Veggie Booty snack food, sold in all 50 states and Canada, may be contaminated with Salmonella wandsworth, and consumers should throw away any of the product they have on hand, the FDA advised.

FDA Approves 7-Day Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

June 04, 2007

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A device that measures glucose levels every five minutes over a seven-day cycle has been approved for marketing, the FDA announced.

APA: Atypical Antipsychotics: Effective or Efficacious?

May 30, 2007

SAN DIEGO -- When talking about antipsychotic agents for schizophrenia, it's important to distinguish efficacy from effectiveness.